SPEED junkie Melvyn Bennion has turned to the track in a bid to go full throttle on his Yamaha FZR 1000.
The 36-year-old, from Willaston, has taken up racing after becoming frustrated by the restrictions and dangers of the public highways.
Now he is ready to burn rubber all season. He explained: 'I hadn't really thought about racing and I rode my bike on the roads.
'But they are no longer the place to be if you want to go quick. I did a couple of track days at Anglesey last year and really got a taste for it.
'Now I am planning to do plenty of rounds in the Darley Moor Pre-1990s Championships and the Wirral 100
this year. I really enjoyed my first outing. There was a feeling of freedom and it was a lot safer because there is nothing coming the other way!'
Melvyn has certainly showed an aptitude for racing from the off. At Darley Moor, he raced the 1987 Yamaha FZR 1000 he used to take out on the road.
And he notched fourth and fifth-place finishes in his two races, after starting third on the grid on both occasions.
Builder Melvyn, who now only drives his van on the road, added: 'In the second race, I got a great start and was actually leading for half a lap. But my lack of experience began to tell and I slowly moved back down the field. I'm happy with my performance overall. I'd like to win races but the main thing is to enjoy it.'
Melvyn is next in action at Darley Moor on Monday, April 9.